The Cambridge Chop House
The Cambridge Chop House was the first of the two to open. It is situated in the heart of the city centre, 50 yards from Kings College Chapel and a similar distance from the Arts Theatre. The restaurant has a wonderful cellar dining area and is spacious, with white-washed walls. The ground floor has beautiful views of the Chapel and Kings Parade. The food served is no-nonsense, traditional British fare and is beautifully presented. Real ale is served direct from the cask and the wine list is thorough and imaginative. Service is knowledgeable, smiley and efficient.
The St John's Chop House, like its sister restaurant, serves classic British dishes and offers Cambridge real ale from the cask - it is a no-fuss venue and offers good value for money. The 17th-Century brick building, with its fireplaces (complete with wood-burning stoves) and beams, perfectly supports the chop house concept. The restaurant is situated over two floors - the downstairs is split between a bar and an airy, light restaurant, while the upstairs has three separate cosy rooms for dining. The outside seating area is one of the best in Cambridge and the service is knowledgeable and friendly.
In both establishments the menu changes with the seasons. The Chop House team try to source food as locally as they are able - none of their suppliers are based more than 40 minutes away. Sausages are made on-site and can be enjoyed with different sauces and mashes. National press recently took an interest in the Chop Houses, covering their delicious squirrel and hazelnut suet pudding - delicious. They often sell sharing dishes (for two, three and four people) such as shoulder and legs of lamb or joints of venison.
Their wine list is largely sourced from the Languedoc (staff having visited many of the suppliers), and as a result of careful selecting and buying they are able to offer excellent wine at sensible prices, while their real ale is from the local Milton Brewery.